Only Historians—A Mort Laitner Poem
I saw the severed head, covered in blood.
Not an ISIS act of terror but a photographic work of art.
The woman held the decapitation by the hair—like a trophy. But her quizzical look said, “What did I just do?”
This photo brought back college memories: French History 101, La Révolution, la guillotine, la bastille, Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, the Bastille, liberté, egalité, fraternité, “Let them eat cake”, the Women’s March on Versailles,”
A time when resistance and revolution put fear in the hearts of the 1%.
Fear of mobs!
Fear of clenched fists!
Fear of the hungry!
A time when cause and effect lunched on the Champs-Élysées.
Then a daughter of the 1% cried out for blood of the woman in the photograph. “She must
be taught a lesson. Off with her head.”
I saw the severed head of the comedian kicked down the national hallway and realized that the 99% never took French History 101.
What the readers are saying:
Interesting to read your story about Marie Antoinette. She was only 15 when she married Louis XIV and he was 16. When she was 37 her life ended~~~the guillotine!!
Don’t forget Hammurabi’s code—an eye for an eye and a head for a head!;)—Toby
Mort interesting take.—Maureen
Very good.— Terry
Your poetry misses the point by 100 % … KG insulted any sense of decency that we have left as a country, it was grotesque, vile, and plain stupid (lacking any sophistication). Disgusting! For the record, the French Revolution you mentioned killed 3 million peasants that no one talks about, and the Communists in Russia justified their massacres on what the French did with impunity … So, KG, cannot claim that what she did is a work of art, that she was misunderstood, that she is somewhat revolutionary… She is a lost soul, that’s the best I can say about her.—Mircea
Don’t you love it when they give you a percentage of how much you missed the mark?!! People love to judge and use numbers in their judgment. Don’t you love human behavior —Steven